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Practice/Industry Group Overview

The Immigration and Compliance practice combines the legal talents of a respected team and the international resources of a top tier AM Law100 law firm.  With an international footprint that includes offices in key cities as well as global alliances, we provide companies and entrepreneurs with solution driven, innovative and cost-effective strategies.  Working with multinational corporations, national, regional and local employers, start-up ventures, educational institutions and private individuals, we understand that each circumstance is unique and that each circumstance requires a tailor made approach and response.

In a global and competitive labor market, businesses need immigration solutions that fit with their commercial objectives.  Our representation spans the gambit of immigration issues, ranging from preparing high volume visa applications to defending businesses in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigations.  Sheppard Mullin’s multidisciplinary approach provides clients with comprehensive advice on immigration matters that often involve employment, corporate, international, government contracts, litigation, white collar, and tax law issues.  We provide our clients with a full range of U.S., global and complementary immigration services.

Strategic Thinking, Proactive Service

We understand the importance of having your employees where you want them and when you need them.  Balancing the gap between business necessity and practical reality when it comes to moving executives to new countries is difficult, with compliance and timing issues often presenting obstacles.  The Immigration team anticipates such issues and offers creative, yet compliant, solutions.  Count on us to effectively address the host of interconnected legal and individual concerns surrounding global transfers, workforce compliance and immigration investment including immigration and visa requirements; tax implications; data privacy mandates; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).

The team’s extensive experience has established us as an essential resource in the immigration compliance area, with many clients coming to Sheppard Mullin by referral from within the immigration bar. Our clients range from Fortune 100 corporations to internationally acclaimed performers and songwriters.  We represent manufacturers, retailers, food services, hoteliers, pharma companies, waste management, developers, restaurateurs, EB-5 Regional Centers, and technology companies.  Our personalized approach to client service provides every client with representation that is tailored to his or her particular needs.

Scope of Services

With this interdisciplinary approach to immigration and compliance advice accounts for the legal, political and business realities impacting cross-border transfers and investments. Sheppard Mullin provides legal counsel on a broad range of immigration employment matters, including:

  • Non-immigrant Visas and Permanent Residence
     
  • Corporate Compliance
     
  • Foreign Investment for Entrepreneurs and Investors (EB-5)
     
  • Global Mobility

Technology Driven

Every corporate contact receives access to Bluedot® our customized immigration case management system. Sponsored employees can also receive access to this secure Web-based system allowing for tracking of cases and information sharing 24/7.


 
 
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

GAO Dismisses Protest Alleging Noncompliance with E-Verify Requirements
Townsend L. Bourne, November 27, 2013
In Ashland Sales & Service Co., B-408969 (Nov. 1, 2013), the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) dismissed a protest by Ashland Sales & Service Co. (“Ashland”) alleging that a contract for lightweight jackets was improperly awarded to Creighton AB, Inc....

FINRA Raises the Bar on Due Diligence by Broker Dealers Involved in EB-5
Dawn M. Lurie, September 20, 2013
At the end of August, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) issued an interpretive guidance letter to a registered broker dealer (BD), Trustmont Financial Group, Inc. (Trustmont). Trustmont had sought guidance on the applicability of FINRA Rules, and in particular Rule 2111...

Historic Immigration Bill Passes Senate but House May Have Its Own Agenda
Dawn M. Lurie, July 05, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden presided over a historic session as the Senate passed its immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), last Thursday, June 27, 2013. The White House blog noted, “The Senate’s passage of the bill...

I-94 Automation and the I-9 Process: Making the Form I-9 More Complicated
Jennifer Blloshmi,Dawn M. Lurie,Catherine Risoleo, July 05, 2013
This spring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began implementation of a phased in Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, automation process. The Form I-94 is issued to all visitors entering the U.S. and assists CBP in tracking temporary non-immigrants, visa overstays, and other relevant...

This is the USCIS Calling, We Understand You Received an E-Verify TNC
Dawn M. Lurie, July 03, 2013
Employers using the government’s E-Verify program will encounter a new customer enhancement being implemented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). On June 28th, the USCIS announced that employees providing an email address on the Form I-9 will start to receive direct...

Georgia & North Carolina Employers Must Begin Using E-Verify July 1, 2013 - Are You Ready?
Dawn M. Lurie,Catherine Risoleo, June 25, 2013
In the summer of 2011, the Georgia and North Carolina legislatures each passed laws mandating the use of E-Verify for private companies. Employers were phased over time to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS’) online electronic employment eligibility program based on...

I-94 Automation and the I-9 Process: Making the Form I-9 More Complicated
Jennifer Blloshmi,Dawn M. Lurie,Catherine Risoleo, June 25, 2013
This spring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began implementation of a phased in Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, automation process. The Form I-94 is issued to all visitors entering the U.S. and assists CBP in tracking temporary non-immigrants, visa overstays, and other relevant...

Federal Contractors: The FAR E-Verify Clause Revisited - Critical Steps a Contractor Can Take To Foster E-Verify Compliance
Dawn M. Lurie, June 03, 2013
“Yes, we use E-Verify.” “Of course, our company is in compliance, we did an I-9 audit a few years ago - isn’t that the same as E-Verify?” “I know this is not an issue, because I remember being told we addressed all I-9 and E-Verify issues.” “No, the...

California TEA Designations - Shift in Policy
Mahsa Aliaskari, May 16, 2013
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) held a conference call on May 6th to discuss investment in California through the EB-5 program and its role in certifying Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs). GO-Biz is the agency designated by the Governor of...